Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue says it has been a while since he’s had any sort of tip regarding the deaths of Clayton Edge, 23, Robbie Reese, 24, and Dustin Browning, 21, three years ago today, nor ist here anything new from Kentucky State Police.
The three men stayed in Edge’s home on Pine Ridge Road, about 15 miles southeast of Winchester and held a party there late Saturday night and into the early Sunday morning hours of March 21, 2010, where according to party-goers, nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
Later that Sunday, friends found the three dead inside of the house. Reese and Browning were downstairs and Edge was in an upstairs bedroom. Each man had been shot once in the head.
While rumors poured in and a few people of interest have been interviewed, there is still no solid evidence on who’s responsible, nor have there been any arrests.
Gay Edge, the mother of Clayton Edge, still clings to the hope that the case will be solved.
“(We) just keep praying for justice,” Edge said. “Yes, I do (think they’re doing all they can to solve this).”
Much of Gay’s hope is instilled in Clayton’s little girl, Maddison.
“I strive to keep Clayton’s memory alive for Maddison,” she said. “I always try to let her know she was her daddy’s world.”
Gay also said she believes it’s comforting for Maddison to spend as much time with her Uncle Chris because of the similarities to Clayton’s appearance and actions. She said that’s as close to her father as she will ever be able to get here on earth.
Robbie Reese’s mother Crystal said she is just waiting on an arrest and conviction.
“I think they are still working on it. Time doesn’t matter. There are cases that are 20 years old,” she said.
Crystal has held candlelight vigils each year since the death of her son and his friends to spread awareness. She is planning one this year at 7 p.m. Saturday in front of the Clark County Courthouse.
She and the families of the other men met with Kentucky State Police Detective Monte Owens last week at their request, she said. Owens could only tell them there was nothing new to report.
“I don’t hear much anymore,” Crystal said. “It’s unbelievable some of the stuff we’ve heard.”
Crystal recalled the last day she saw Robbie before he was killed.
“He had sat in my lap and kissed me on the cheek before he left the house, and that was the last time I saw him,” she said, her voice cracking.
She said she really has no idea what happened and that anything is a possibility.
“I just want somebody to answer for what they’ve done,” she said.
Samantha Edge, Clayton’s wife and Maddison’s mother, thinks they’re getting closer to solving the case.
“Somebody knows something,” she said. “I think that everyone that has been questioned needs to be re-questioned.”
Samantha and Clayton split up for about three weeks before Clayton’s death, and she had moved out of his house into her own apartment. She said she keeps hearing mostly two reasons for the shootings — drugs or a female at the party.
“I know all those guys personally,” she said. “I don’t think anyone (from the party) would have done that.”
She believes something has been overlooked. She also said she talks to Perdue often, and he has been the most helpful.
Contact Kendall Sparks at email@example.com.